IBM has announced plans to globally expand its business solutions capabilities with new, Cloud-based Industry Platforms, designed to accelerate business’ digital transformation journeys.
In short, the company claims its portfolio of Cloud Industry Platforms and Solutions aim to exploit the opportunities of Cloud and Big Data for businesses across the world, including Australia and New Zealand.
As part of this initiative, IBM has announced the opening of the first IBM Cloud Business Innovation Centre in Bangalore which provides an opportunity for businesses around the world to work side-by-side with IBM solution consultants, researchers, digital marketing and experience design experts to personalise the Industry Platforms to specific needs.
“Our portfolio of Cloud Business Solutions is a recognition of the mandate for speed and time to value, along with the requirement of clients to personalise business solutions to their own processes and culture and deploy them via the cloud,” says Sanjay Rishi, Global Business Services, Managing Partner, Cloud Consulting Services, IBM.
“Our new IBM Cloud Business Innovation Centre will help us co-create with our clients, addressing their unique needs with tailored solutions, delivered on the cloud for fast results.”
In 2014, IBM Global Business Services launched a portfolio of Cloud Business Solutions that package multiple technology and services components into a single client agreement and delivers end-to-end solutions “as a service.”
As Rishi explains, the initial offerings addressed business functions in the areas of sales, marketing, financial management and operations and included consulting services, intellectual property assets from IBM Research, software, advanced analytics, ongoing support and cloud infrastructure delivered via IBM SoftLayer.
Today, Cloud Business Solutions have been applied in more than 500 client engagements.
Building on this portfolio, Rishi says IBM is announcing Industry Platforms that will combine multiple Cloud Business Solutions with deeper industry content for expanded business benefits and faster time to value.
“Each Industry Platform offers clients access to a set of standard assets that can be quickly tailored to deliver a differentiated business solution,” he adds.
Rishi says the first three Industry Platforms include Retail Consumer Experience, Personalized Learning and Insights for a Connected World - A Insight platform designed for the Industries reshaped by the Internet of Things.
In the past year, IBM has launched more than 20 solutions for specific business domains across industries.